Cleaning Up Campaign Signs and Banners at Polling Stations?


“Dear PoPville,

Can you please ask if people are having issues with leftover campaign posters and banners at their neighborhood polling stations. On 14th Street and Clifton Street in front of the Boys and Girls Club (which is used as a polling station) there must be 90 to 100 campaign signs stuck in the tree boxes along with banners and signs littering the street. I thought the City required campaigns to remove those things within a set amount of time but they are still there.”

and another reader asks:

“The scene by the Boys and Girls Club on 14th which was a voting station is completely littered with leaflets and loads of candidates’ signs. I understand the election was only Tuesday, but are these staffers going to come back and clean this mess up? Who’s responsible for the cleanup?”

Any other particularly bad areas?

DCBOEE says:

“A sign, advertisement, or poster related to a specific event may be affixed any time prior to the event but shall be removed no later than thirty (30) days following the event to which it is related.”

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  • Thirty days to remove signs? That is nuts. It should be 3 days. And every candidate needs to post a clean-up bond of $1000.00 before running. Then pay kids/homeless people 25 cents for every sign they bring in.

    • Considering that many of the races are city-wide, I think 30 days is perfectly reasonable.

      Starting on day 31, call 311 (or go to and let them know for any signs that are still up. The fine is $150 for the first violation, $300 for the second violation, $600 for the third violation and $2,000 for the fourth violation.

      Of course, if you don’t bother to report the signs — which most people don’t — they’ll just stay up there for all eternity and never get taken down and the campaigns will never get fined. So this time next month, get cracking.

      • I don’t know, they manage to put most of those sign up in a lot less than 30 days. Maybe 3 days to take them down is not reasonable, but 30 seems too generous.

      • “Considering that many of the races are city-wide,” Total bunk, completely irrelevant and frankly stupid. You got people to put the signs up – get the same people to take them down. Show some respect to the residents you claim to want to represent.

        Littering your signs are an enormous disrespect to the people who claim to represent.

        • I’m with Victoria. That’s bunk. They have no motivation to remove them, as they do to install them. They hope the elements will wash the signs away. I say throw the book at them! The world is cluttered with ads as it is.

  • I always take the liberty of removing some….. :^0
    After the election, of course.

    • Go ahead. The DC code allows two per intersection. Most of our political “leaders” don’t respect that law.

  • If they’ve clearly made a big mess somewhere, I’d suggest both calling their offices and confronting them on Twitter and/or Facebook. Public Shaming is probably the number one way to get the attention of an elected official. For some of them, it’s the only way.

  • Twitter bomb your newly elected officials and losers

  • The Eastern Market station was cleaned by the BID guys who were working on it the next day. Didn’t note if all the signs were down but they were getting most of them.

  • Earlier today I called D.C.’s 311 number to make a complaint about all the left over signs and banners in front of the Boys and Girls Club on 14th & Clifton. I asked if they could expedite their removal. They said they would put the report in as a “rush.” I’ll see if they are still there tomorrow. That stuff is a real eyesore.

  • It is nice to know that there are penalties for leaving them up after (gasp! a whole) 30 days.
    I have personally taken down over 100 signs because I don’t want to look at this garbage every day in my neighborhood. I encourage everyone who agrees to take a few signs down each time you are waiting for a walk light and throw them in the trash.

  • Thirty days does seem like a bit much, but I’d think they’d need to be given at least a week, so as to get a weekend in. I’m assuming that most people who put the signs up (and who’d be taking them down) are volunteers with regular jobs.

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